As mentioned, there also exists shake up possibilities in regards to the coaching and behind the scene staff outside of Wenger. The Gunners have already lost their head of youth development, Andries Jonker, and youth coach, Freddie Ljungberg, from their backroom staff to Wolfsburg. When you couple that with Thierry Henry turning down a role with the team to concentrate on maintaining his bank account, that is a blow to Gazidis and co’s intention of integrating former players into the running of the club.
How Arsenal fill these roles will be something to note this summer. There has been talk of former Barcelona youth coach and Liverpool technical manager, Pep Segura, being recruited to fill the role departed by Jonker. But surely, Arsenal fans would rather see another linked name come to fruition. That of course being Dennis Bergkamp.
Another note of interest surrounds Robert Pires. The former Arsenal star is regularly seen around Arsenal and unlike some of his former teammates, he has made it very clear he envisions himself taking up the role of sporting director for the club. This is a position that has never formally existed at Arsenal, but transfer negotiator, Dick Law, has unofficially carried out many of the duties of a sporting director in the past, such as identifying targets and handling transfer and contract negotiations. There is talk that Law will break ties with Arsenal this summer and, as a result, we might see a formal position introduced. The fans would certainly back the move.
Last, but certainly not least, it has emerged that first team coach and Wenger’s right hand man, Boro Primorac, is set to take up a managerial role in Turkey that will see the end of a 20-year partnership between the two. Another role to fill and possibly another sign of change?
The views of Arsenal fans re the future of the club has been a lightning rod for division and it’s easy to see why. While some want change and would be excited by a major overhaul of the club from top to bottom, others are cautious and weary of what ‘change’ could result in.